Cobb, who has access to both iChat and Skype,
also takes online chatting to another level with video
conferencing. She kicks off the program with a videoconference
with the class, and kids can interact and ask her questions as
she explains the project, which is based on her book, We
Dare You . The students become involved in an assortment
of visual activities during the video conference. As the author
is a science book writer, these visual activities usually include
science experiments or other activities taken from the above-mentioned
book. This event not only draws the students in to the program
but gives them a broad visual field that stimulates creativity
optional second video conference has Vicki actually directing
a videotaping remotely. This gives the teachers and students the
opportunity to learn how to use video to communicate effectively
and also provides a learning experience in how to direct a movie.
third video conference, at the end of the project is a discussion
with the author about the science involved in the videos. Throughout
the project, Vicki is available to answer questions directly through
footage may then to be sent to Vicki via the web (she'll explain
how to do this) for editing and publishing on her website as part
of the video project she has been developing. She makes it clear
from the outset that not everyone will be published but everyone
will have fun. Scheduling is flexible upon request.
there is Vicki's Science Surprises program, a highly entertaining
fast-paced interactive show that gets kids excited and enthusiastic
about science, reading and poetry. Everyone in the audience experiences
illusions and individuals participate in doing irresistible challenges
from We Dare You ! Vicki shares a poem she wrote as a
child, explains how she writes about the real world by experiencing
it personally as part of her research, then leads kids through
a number of discoveries about themselves (illusions) and their
families. With the help of the teachers and much interactivity,
they do an exercise where they actually go through a discovery
process, thinking as scientists think. By the end of the program,
kids will have experienced personal limitations of their senses,
gained an understanding of how science makes discoveries despite
the limitations of senses and experiences, and gained a motivation
to read Vicki's other award-winning science books.
Vicki would prefer small classroom size audiences, as smaller
groups would get more out of the program, she can do video conferences
for large groups as needed.
school would need a webcam, software, static IP, and a video camera
for the computer. Parents would also need to sign release forms
for the students involved.
Skyping or iChatting, Vicki finds a Q&A program with the audience
more information, contact BalkinBuddies, and Catherine Balkin
will provide you with the links further explaining Vicki Cobb's
must be familiar with some of her books, especially We
Dare You .
will also be happy to autograph bookplates in advance, but be
sure to send them to her in a timely manner so she can sign them
and get them back to you before the video conference.
you would like a different kind of program, please let us know
before setting up the video conference or online chat, and please
provide a general idea of what you would like. Further details
will be needed at least a week before the event so Vicki can prepare.
FOR SKYPE OR iChat:
* for 1 one-hour long chat
* for 2 one-hour long chats over the course of a day
* for 3 one-hour long chats over the course of a day
FOR VIDEO CONFERENCING:
to $400 * the fees vary, depending on what program is requested.
to see her bio, then follow the three other links at the top of
the page for a list of her books, information on her presentations
when she comes to do a physical visit, and book ordering information
for getting her books from a variety of sources.
you would like to see a video discussing her professional development
approach, go to
FEW WORDS FROM AN EDUCATORS WHOSE CLASSES HAD ONLINE CHATS WITH
was great! I gathered over 120 fourth graders in the library to
watch her. It was phenomenal. In fact, one of the other campuses
called me right away for information. I would love to have her
back next school year as well. We had some technical difficulties
but it was still great. We ended up having a video conference
rather than a Skype session so it was much more elaborate and
required more equipment. Our techs were able to secure equipment
from another campus and bring it in for us. Hopefully it will
be something we can replicate next year.
very appreciative. You have exposed not only me, but the district
as a whole, to an incredible new venue of bringing authors to
students who may not otherwise be afforded this opportunity. We
broke ground with this endeavor. It was the first of its kind
in our district and hopefully we will venture forward with more
L. Johnson – Librarian
La Pita Mangana Rd.
473-8800 (school's gen)
all had a delightful time with Vicki! The cyberspace hook-up allowed
both of our campuses to interact with Vicki. She spoke about using
science in the classroom and the library, showed several video
clips, encouraged and responded to questions and comments from
both classes as well as sharing her InkThinkTank and personal
websites with us. We ended with me performing her Flying Tea Bag
experiment in which a burning tea bag quickly floats up to the
you so much…. My students left last night's class with a strong
appreciation of using science with their students.
Instructor of Education
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